Two long-running series got the axe over the weekend: six-year-old CBS sitcom Yes, Dear and the eight-year-old WB witch dramedy Charmed.
The Washington Post reports that the departure of Anthony Clark to NBC's Last Comic Standing did indeed spell the end for Yes, Dear. The CBS sitcom, about two lunkhead guys and the ladies who love them, hung out in the middle of the ratings heap, never receiving critical acclaim or much fan adulation.
The show managed to stay on the schedule for so long mainly because CBS paired it with various successful sitcoms, such as King of Queens and Two and a Half Men. In the '90s, a similar trick worked for NBC's Caroline In the City, which lasted four seasons perched between Friends and Seinfeld.
Last week NBC announced Yes, Dear star Anthony Clark had been hired as the fourth-season host of its reality competition, Last Comic Standing.
Charmed was pulled by executives of the new CW network, which was formed by the merging of UPN and WB. The story about three witches premiered in 1998, and originally starred Shannen Doherty along with Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs. Doherty was replaced in season four by Rose McGowan. Haley Cuoco came on board this past season.
It is expected that the CW execs will clean house, and the fate of many shows is still unknown.
Charmed exec producer Brad Kern told TV Guide, "It's been a hell of a run, but all good things must come to an end."